Lynx forward Maya Moore spent Wednesday morning at Armstrong Elementary School in Cottage Grove meeting with fifth grade students and helping form a lasting impression on how important staying active is not only during childhood but also throughout their lives.
Moore took part in the Fit Clinic as part of the Lynxs initiative to help keep kids healthy early on and instill those values for the long term. Its something Moore feels strongly about, because its the way she approached her childhood.
To be able to come and talk to kids about being healthy overall is really fun for me because thats a huge passion of mine, Moore said. I know when I was younger I was really active and liked to play a lot, and because of that it built into my professional career.
Just having Moore there left an impression on Armstrongs kids.
Moore took questions about herself, the Lynx, fitness and what foods to eat, among other things, while taking part in the Fit Clinic. It was an active bunch ready and willing to listen to an athlete who is already one of the most prolific winners in womens basketball history.
She talked about fitness and sports and staying healthy and whats good and bad to eat, said Noah Acree, one of the students at the Fit Clinic. It was so cool. My friends were all excited, and it was really good experience for her to come.
Moore was right back at Training Camp later in the day, helping herself get prepared for the upcoming season with her teammates at the LifeTime Fitness Training Center. It was, in some ways, a symbolic way for her to spend her afternoon.
Now that Im a pro, nutrition is more important to me than ever, she said. To be able to take 50-60 kids and try to instill something in them that will help them for the rest of their life, its a great pleasure.
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